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dating a fender j bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jimmyb, Jun 26, 2005.


  1. jimmyb

    jimmyb An Avid Indoorsman Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2003
    Elkton, MD
    I've searched the web, the fender site, done a forum search here on TB. Good info, but it doesn't answere my question. Maybe U can help. Fender j bass # on headstock is S88xxxxx. All info I can find would date this @ around 77-79 IF the S8-were followed by 5 digits, not 6. Cant find anything eles to help.
     
  2. Dinner and a movie are a safe bet.




    sorry...:bag:
     
  3. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    beat me
     
  4. BigMikeW

    BigMikeW Banned

    May 25, 2005
    Nashville, TN.
    Banned by TB Administration for refusal to account for funds
    Me too. LOL

    Just practice safe sex! Don't get splinters!
     
  5. metalguy2

    metalguy2

    Dec 26, 2004
    Boston
    I immediately thought the same thing about the thread.
     
  6. McHaven

    McHaven

    Mar 1, 2005
    Yep, i wanted to make that joke too.

    Now an actual post related to the original question.

    I remember dating my friend's strat we had a similar problem. He had been told it was an 83 or something like that. Well, I pulled up some serial dating sites and when we put in the serial it was off by a few years. Then we counted the number after the letter and it matched up so...Do that and be happy
     
  7. I figured dating was some weird way of saying you got one
     
  8. audiotom

    audiotom

    May 31, 2005
    new orleans
    the following site is usually helpful

    http://www.provide.net/~cfh/fender2.html

    http://www.provide.net/~cfh/fender.html#serial

    I'll post some details and interject

    Serial Number on Peghead Decal.
    U.S. made Fenders, starting in mid-1976 has the serial number on the peghead. Note the following number could be off as much as two years. Generally speaking, a "S" prefix equals the 1970's, "E" prefix equals the 1980's, and "N" prefix equals the 1990's. Note "E" and "N" prefix models are sometimes also Japanese-made (see below).
    7600000 ("76" in bold) = 1976-1977
    800000s = 1979-1981
    1000000 to 8000000 = 1976-1981 (7 digits)

    S1 to S5 + 5 Digits = 1979-1982
    S6 + 5 digits = 1976
    S7 + 5 digits = 1977-1978
    S8 + 5 digits = 1977-1978

    YOU HAVE * + SIX DIGI SO PROBABLY NOT 78

    In March 1985, CBS sold Fender to a group of private investors.
    The serial numbers do not reflect this change - Fender continued to make instruments using existing serial number schemes. The new Fender did not acquire any physical assets of the old company, just the name "Fender". Hence during 1985 to 1987, production of Fender guitars was only done in Japan, while USA Fender created a new factory in California. The Japanese-made Fenders do have some slight serial number differences (typically a "J" serial number prefix).
    N9 + 5 digits = 1990
    N0 + 5 digits = 1990-1991
    N1 + 5 or 6 digits = 1991-1992
    N2 + 5 or 6 digits = 1992-1993
    N3 + 5 or 6 digits = 1993-1994
    N4 + 5 or 6 digits = 1994-1995
    N5 + 5 or 6 digits = 1995-1996
    N6 + 5 or 6 digits = 1996-1997
    N7 + 5 or 6 digits = 1997-1998
    N8 + 5 or 6 digits = 1998-1999
    N9 + 5 or 6 digits = 1999-2000

    DZ0 or Z0 + 5/6 digits = 2000
    DZ1 or Z1 + 5/6 digits = 2001
    DZ2 or Z2 + 5/6 digits = 2002
    DZ3 or Z3 + 5/6 digits = 2003
    DZ4 or Z4 + 5/6 digits = 2004
    DZ5 or Z5 + 5/6 digits = 2005

    Japanese Serial Numbers on Peghead Decal
    Note the lack of S, E, N series. These are reserved for U.S. made Fenders in their corresponding decade. BUT note that the "E" and "N" series does sometimes appear on "made in Japan" models. I believe this was a mistake on Fender's part using the same prefix for both U.S. and MIJ-made guitars. In any case, if it says "made in Japan", then it is...
    JV + 5 Digits = 1982 to 1984
    SQ + 5 Digits = 1983 to 1984
    E + 6 Digits = 1984 to 1987
    A + 6 Digits = 1985 to 1986
    B + 6 Digits = 1985 to 1986
    C + 6 Digits = 1985 to 1986
    F + 6 Digits = 1986 to 1987
    G + 6 Digits = 1987 to 1988
    H + 6 Digits = 1988 to 1989
    I + 6 Digits = 1989 to 1990
    J + 6 Digits = 1989 to 1990
    K + 6 Digits = 1990 to 1991
    L + 6 Digits = 1991 to 1992
    M + 6 Digits = 1992 to 1993
    N + 6 Digits = 1993 to 1994
    O + 6 Digits = 1994 to 1995
    P + 6 Digits = 1995 to 1996

    MAYBE Q + 6 digits is 1996-1997
    and S + 6 digits is 1997-1998
    does it look vintage or slightly younger
    someone could probably id it on hardware evolution alone

    Other Fender Serial Number Schemes.
    Fender has recently (in the last 20 years) introduced LOTS of different serial numbers schemes, depending on the country the Fender was made (USA, Mexico, Japan, Korea, etc). Not all schemes are covered here! Sorry, since I do not collect new Fenders, I don't really keep track of these things. Below are some examples of letter prefixes used in recent serial number schemes.
     
  9. audiotom

    audiotom

    May 31, 2005
    new orleans
    sorry error on my end

    R + six digits 1997-1998
    S + six digits 1998-1999

    does it look like a 6 year old bass?